The Special Collections Department of the Fleet Library is located on the second floor, room 223 in the Dale Reading Room for Archives + Special Collections.  Collections include important and rare printed books and periodicals that date from the 16th century to present.  Historical as well as contemporary materials cover the fine arts, architecture, photography, decorative arts, and design.  Featured collections include the Gorham Manufacturing Design Library, the Lowthorpe Collection of  Landscape Architecture, the Ordewer Collection of American Typography, the Stanley Moss Collection of Pop-Up Books, and the Jack Lenor Larsen Collection of  Textile Swatches.

The Special Collections Department is also home to the library’s Artists’ Books Collection which includes artists’ multiples, hand-made book objects, limited edition books, and zines dating from the mid 1960’s to present.  The library also features the bookmaking process archives of books artists Carol Barton, Ruth Laxson, and Angela Lorenz.

Drop-in visits are welcome, but for more in-depth research assistance, appointments are recommended.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


Laurie Whitehill Chong
Special Collections Librarian

Ariel Bordeaux
Senior Library Assistant Special Collections

Search this site also for information about Special Collections resources, current exhibitions, research, classes, services and how to use Special Collections materials and Artists’ Books in the Fleet Library at RISD.


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